There’s nothing like watching a movie in the fresh air. Lucky for us, San Diego has plenty of outdoor movie opportunities to enjoy this summer and early fall activity. We’ve rounded up our faves, so grab your blanket, lawn chair, and movie snack of choice (where allowed), and enjoy free or low-cost screenings at these spots all around the county.
Cinema Under the Stars
This preeminent outdoor theater in Mission Hills offers a mix of classics and cult films Thurs.-Sun. at 8 p.m. through October. Grab a seat in a recliner, loveseat cabana, or deck chair at $17 for members, $18 at the door, or $20 online. Beverages, popcorn and candy are available at concessions.
Dive-In Movies at the Pearl Hotel
The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma presents poolside movies every Wednesday at 8 p.m. through Sept. 26. Modern movies from the hotel library’s private collection are projected on a 10-by-13-foot screen over the vintage oyster-shaped swimming pool.
Flicks on the Bricks at The Athenaeum
The Music and Arts Library in La Jolla hosts its 12th summer movie series every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in August. This year features film noir with an SD connection. Tickets are $15 ($10 for members), ages 21 and older only. Refreshments are also available for purchase.
Movies on the Beach at The Hotel Del
The Hotel del Coronado’s beachfront property is open to the public for movie screenings through Sept. 1 (doors at 7 p.m., movies at 8 p.m.). Admission is free, though you can reserve VIP seating for $20.
Rooftop Cinema Club
The area’s newest outdoor movie theater recently opened atop the Manchester Grand Hyatt in the Gaslamp Quarter. Showings are Tues.-Sat. at 7:45 p.m. or 8 p.m., and tickets are $17, $20, or $24.
Stone Liberty Station Movie Nights
Tuesdays (through Aug. 28) are beer and movie night at Stone Brewing in Liberty Station. Screening begins about 15 minutes after sunset, but you’ll want to arrive early to secure a spot.
Street Food Cinema
Several screenings will be presented by The Boulevard through Oct. 20 for the third year in a row, alongside food truck chow and live music. Events start at 5:30 p.m., movies at 8:30. Tickets are $6-$19 in advance and $6-$22 at the door (children 5 and under are free).
Summer Movies in the Park
Enjoy free movies at dozens of county parks, every Friday and Saturday through Oct. 27. Check the website for titles and locations. Movies begin approximately 15 minutes after sunset.